On Sept. 12, a mother brought her 1-year-old daughter to the Covenant HealthCare emergency room in Saginaw. The infant was suffering from seizure-like symptoms, prosecutors allege.
Tests revealed the baby had new and older brain injuries. Prosecutors believe the injuries were caused by the child having been shaken.
Police began investigating and developed the mother’s boyfriend, Waylon G. Bebout, as a suspect.
Authorities on April 1 issued a warrant for Bebout’s arrest. Saginaw police arrested him and lodged him in the county jail on Wednesday, June 26.
Bebout on Thursday morning appeared in Saginaw County District Court for arraignment on one count of first-degree child abuse. The charge is punishable by up to life imprisonment.
The arraigning judge set bond at $100,000 cash-surety. Bebout is to appear for a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. on July 15. Prosecutors could not comment on the current medical condition of the baby.
Shaken Baby Syndrome typically occurs out of frustration or anger on the part of a parent or caregiver, states the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
“Babies have very weak neck muscles that cannot fully support their proportionately large heads,” the AANS states on its website. “Severe shaking causes the baby’s head to move violently back and forth, resulting in serious and sometimes fatal brain injury. These forces are exaggerated if the shaking is interrupted by the baby’s head hitting a surface.”
This article was originally published by MLive.com.
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